Meet the ACLC Board
Michael McCaffrey joined the ACLC team as Lead Facilitator in 2019, bringing 15 years of experience as an educator and leader in highly successful and diverse middle and high school settings. He received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Michael has worked with young people all his adult life. Each day, he seeks to put into action his belief that all students can learn and that all teachers can continue to improve their practice to support students in becoming their best selves.
Before joining ACLC, Michael served as the principal at Epic Charter Academy in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood and helped Epic achieve some of the greatest growth of any middle school program in Oakland. Before that, he spent 11 years at Leadership Public Schools in Hayward as a teacher, teacher leader, Academic Dean, and as Assistant Principal. When Michael left LPS-Hayward, it was the 2nd highest performing public high school in California, graduating 100% of students and securing them all admission to university. At ACLC, Michael is excited to lead an already successful team of facilitators to even greater heights in their service of students.
Daniel Cabrales has facilitated Middle School History at ACLC since 2014. He received his teaching credential and Master's of Science in Reading Literacy at CSU East Bay in 2014. Serving as Chair of the ACLC Humanities Department since 2016, he has led the Humanities team in the implementation of department-wide learning goals and outcomes, established trimester benchmark assessments, and instituted benchmark analysis protocols for the department.
Teaching has dominated Daniel's adult life and greatly shaped the person he is today. Through his journey as a learner and facilitator of history, he has come to two conclusions that he shares with all his classes: (1) The similarities humans share far exceed the differences that exist between distinct groups and generations, and (2) A better understanding of ourselves and our past brings us closer to each other.
Robert Clark joined ACLC as high school Social Science facilitator in 2019. He graduated from San Diego State University in 2011 with a BA in Political Science, and earned his Social Science teaching credential in 2016. Having worked with all age groups, Robert enjoys high school learners the most, due to their curiosity and enthusiasm for the social sciences.
Robert is truly passionate about the subjects he teaches and strongly believes that learners need to be knowledgeable about the events that have shaped the world in which they live. Having lived in San Diego most of his life, being here in the Bay Area is an exciting new chapter for him. He enjoys the outdoors, going to concerts and exploring all the Bay Area has to offer.
Ann-Marie Gamble has worked in the field of education for the past two decades. From being an elementary school volunteer to becoming a credentialed teacher, she has dedicated her adult life to working with children. Currently she is a middle school teacher for Oakland Unified. Her teaching philosophy centers around providing learners with engaging, relevant and authentic project-based learning tasks.
Ann-Marie has an intense desire to contribute to the empowerment and advancement of today’s youth by ensuring learners a challenging and preeminent education. Engaging the community and families in the development of ACLC is one of the primary reasons she is joining the ACLC Board. She brings an extensive background in education, both as a teacher and as an advocate for students and families. For the past four years, she has served on the CLCS Governing Board. Additionally, she is the parent of both an ACLC High school student and a Nea Upper Village student. These roles and experiences contribute to her personal mission of developing the minds and character of our future leaders.
Lisa Gleason is the parent of an ACLC senior. She proudly supports the school and spent the last five years as an active participant in ACLC's Healthy Lunch events and other school traditions and fundraisers. More recently, she has worked to support facilitators, learners, and the ACLC community through the transition to Distance Learning. As a parent, she has been impressed by ACLC's commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and cultural diversity.
Lisa has her Masters of Health Science in Pathologist's Assisting and has practiced for over 20 years in the health care field. She and her family moved to Alameda from Portland, Oregon in 2013. Both her children attended ACLC from 6th to 8th grade and her eldest is now a senior! Lisa is grateful to be part of the ACLC community and looking forward to contributing as a Board Member.
Kimberly Golz-Skuta enjoys supporting ACLC’s dynamic learning environment and diverse community by serving on the ACLC Board. Kimberly received a Political Science degree from George Mason University. Her experience includes 25 years in the health care industry, specializing in Information Technology, Product Management and Consulting.
For the last 7 years Kimberly has been supporting and advocating for the educational needs of children with an emphasis on literacy and STEM Education. She and her husband, Paul, are the founders of HS Guild 006, the Alameda Chapter of Curiosity Hacked, which is a learner centered nation-wide youth STEAM program founded in Oakland, CA.
Maxwell Champlin is a Senior at ACLC and has been an active part of the ACLC community since 6th grade. He has been a member of the ACLC Leadership team for the past two years and is a member of the proposal committee. Maxwell takes advantage of the academic opportunities provided by the relationship between ACLC and the Peralta Community College district. Through courses at Peralta he has explored his interests in learning new languages, specifically Japanese, and will be graduating from Peralta/Laney with an AA in Humanities with Highest Honors at the same time as graduating from ACLC. After High School Maxwell will be attending Haverford College and plans to major in Linguistics.
Outside of school Maxwell enjoys Figure Skating classes, swimming, and playing with his dogs, Buddy and Blümchen, and cat, Buttercup.